When The Flu Comes To Visit Get Tamiflu

by Sherry Riter in Health

nasty 2013 flu germ

I was at work yesterday with a tad bit of a sore throat, but it was no big deal. The phone rang and I heard Alyssa’s strained voice say, “Mom, I have the flu. I’ve been throwing up and I’m so weak I can’t get up.”

Oh no!!!

Well, I left work and took her to the doctor who confirmed that she had a sinus infection, ear infection and flu. He prescribed her a bunch of medication, so I asked if there was anything he could give me to save me from the dreaded flu. First he checked me out, discovered my sore throat and said, “That could be the beginning of the flu.”

Oh no!!!

We returned home armed with loads of medication, organic fruit juice and chicken broth. I’ve been loading Alyssa up with fluids and drinking tons myself. After dinner I took a nap and when I woke up…

Oh no!!!

I thought that I had the flu.

So I went back to bed and then when the morning came, I felt even worse. I have muscle aches, sore throat, stuffy nose and I am having chills. I also feel like a truck just ran me over, but I worked from home in spite of my sickness. See what a dedicated employee I am for my employer?

I’m sure I have the full blown flu today. Right now I’m on the verge of falling out of my chair. See what a dedicated blogger I am for my readers?

The doctor gave me Tamiflu which is an antiviral that works by stopping the flu virus from reproducing in the body. If Tamiflu is given within 48 hours of the beginning of symptoms, it can lessen the severity of the symptoms and shorten the length of sickness by a day or two. If given to people who have been exposed to the illness, it can do the same thing for them.

So remember, if someone in your family gets the flu, Tamiflu could help you too.

Sending you all germ-free {{{hugsssss}}} from afar.

I’m going to lay back down now and keep shaking under my blankets.

Oh no!!!

 

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Sherry Riter, also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Young Werther January 25, 2013 at 12:19 am

Remember Tamiflu, we stocked up during the bird flu crisis (face masks too). But then had to throw the whole lot out, no one in the family came down with flu and the medication expired!!

Thank goodness it’s summer here… we’ll contend with the bush fires and floods now and worry about the flu in 6 months time.

Sending happy thoughts, and get well quick!!

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2 Sherry Riter January 25, 2013 at 7:56 am

Thank you!!

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3 Skip_D January 25, 2013 at 1:30 am

oh no!

keep on taking that Tamiflu! hope it performs as advertised & you get well fast! …also hope Alyssa breaks through quickly too!

ohhh, & I love your flu bug at the top of the page! :D

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4 Sherry Riter January 25, 2013 at 7:56 am

Thank you!!

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5 Joan January 25, 2013 at 6:01 am

You wrote, “See what a dedicated blogger I am for my readers?” I never doubted for a moment that you weren’t a dedicated blogger! The MOST DEDICATED BLOGGER I have ever seen! :)

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6 Sherry Riter January 25, 2013 at 7:56 am

Thank you!!

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7 Joan January 25, 2013 at 6:05 am

See what a dedicated commenter I am? I comment regardless of whether I have something to say! :)

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8 Joan January 25, 2013 at 6:09 am

So you are a dedicated blogger and I am a dedicated commenter! I always knew that we had things in common! :)

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9 Joan January 25, 2013 at 6:11 am

Oops with all these comments I almost forgot why I commented! I want to wish you a speedy recovery!

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10 Joan January 25, 2013 at 6:13 am

Yes, please get well! Yesterday I went crazy because you did not publish a post and I had nothing to comment on!

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11 Joan January 25, 2013 at 6:14 am

Even if you write a short post I can always find something to comment on! :)

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12 Joan January 25, 2013 at 6:18 am

In fact, I have noticed that sometimes my comments are longer than your posts, but that’s only because I am trying to catch up with You-Know-Who who is your number one commenter! :)

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13 Joan January 25, 2013 at 6:19 am

Have I caught on with You-Know-Who yet?

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14 Joan January 25, 2013 at 6:22 am

If your answer is no then I will just have to continue commenting until I do! :)

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15 Joan January 25, 2013 at 6:26 am

Luckily for me, You-Know-Who doesn’t submit multiple comments, so I figure I’ll catch up with You-Know-Who by the year 2015. :)

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16 lynn antonine January 25, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Cute story. Missed the flu so so far. Want to keep it that way
Thanks for story . You follow me on twitter. Have you written
Any books? My daughter writes. She is in college now.

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17 Sherry Riter January 31, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Thank you Lynn! I haven’t finished my book yet.

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18 Skip_D January 27, 2013 at 7:25 pm

don’t be so sure! ;)

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19 Sherry Riter January 31, 2013 at 9:36 pm
20 Katherine January 25, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Oh No!!!! I’m so sorry sweetie… gentle hugs and hoping you are both feeling better soon xo

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21 Sherry Riter January 31, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Thank you Katherine!

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22 Kristi West January 25, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Awww. So sorry you’ve got that dreaded flu! :( Heal quickly.

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23 Sherry Riter January 31, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Thank you Kristi!

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24 Liza January 29, 2013 at 4:52 pm

This would be lovely if I was not allergic to penicillin! I can’t get the flu shot because of that allergy as well. I have to miss out on a LOT of medications that would help me get better sooner and overcome sickness faster because of my allergies. :( It’s also why I can’t get the flu shot, but even with that it’s only 60% coverage. People also don’t realize that it’s not all that helpful if they don’t start getting it when they’re young, because it has to build up in their immune systems so it’s not such a foreign thing. I really hope that you get to feeling better soon, and I’m glad you’re able to take medication that works well!

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25 Sherry Riter January 31, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Yes, lots of people can’t get the flu shot. That’s rough that you are allergic to penicillin. Well, with or without the Tamiflu, the flu was down right terrible!

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26 Bev January 29, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Oh no. I am sorry that both you and Alyssa are not well. Will keep you in my prayers!

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27 Sherry Riter January 31, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Thank you Bev!

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